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The Learning Process Pays Off

By Kim Charles

Thelma Johnson of MA, has enjoyed the learning process of gardening with many rewards.

"I live in Hopkinton, MA, and have lived in this house for 21 years, but have only gardened for 15 years. I belong to the garden club and am still learning about plants and their needs. There is not a plant that I don't love! Enjoy!"

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  1. user-7008465 04/13/2017

    Thelma, what an absolutely beautiful garden. It is so peaceful looking and I love the way your walkway curves around wanting you to follow it to see what's next. Congratulations for a job very well done.

  2. VikkiVA 04/13/2017

    Such a beautiful "woodland" setting you have created. Your use of colorful foliage is a lovely partner with your blooming plants. That rhododendron is majestic! I love the oriental lady statue. Vikki in VA

  3. deeinde 04/13/2017

    Thelma,your gardens are beautiful. I also was amazed that your plants do so well with all the trees. Do they get some direct sun? They look like they are happy and healthy!
    I love your double bloodroot!

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    treasuresmom 04/13/2017

    Love all your plants but especially love brick and stone walkways.

  5. user-7007498 04/13/2017

    Thelma, I love your woodland gardens. Great use of stone/pavers to great a formality in the walkways to contrast with the woods itself. Great views. Thanks for sharing.

  6. user-6841468 04/13/2017

    i especially love the double bloodroot and woodland walks... peaceful beauty to spend time in.

  7. bsavage 04/13/2017

    So, so pretty! Well done!

  8. Jay_Sifford 04/13/2017

    What a peaceful retreat you have created. Woodland gardens speak to me like none other, and you have done a great job. Thanks for sharing and happy gardening!

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    meander_michaele 04/13/2017

    Looks like you and your plants have a mutual admiration society...they love how you care for them and you love having them thrive. You have a wonderful balance of hardscape to "greenery" and your pathways are sublimely welcoming. Of course, I couldn't help but notice how your rose and hosta seem to be so happy side by side with the same amount of sun/shade. They couldn't happen further me. I used to live in Hopkinton so my eyes perked up seeing your town name. You and your garden have done it proud!

    ps Is Weston Nursery still in existence? That's the first place I remember seeing this category of plants called "perennials". I couldn't quite understand why people were paying good money for what seemed like almost devoid of anything growing in them black plastic containers early in the growing season. People seemed so excited in reading the tags. It was all a big mystery to me.

  10. tennisluv 04/13/2017

    What a lovely shade garden you have created. So peaceful but full of enticing plants and paths to keep you looking forward. Thanks for sharing.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/13/2017

    A little, a little effort and you're an expert! Really lovely garden with some of my favorite plants. I'm sure the garden brings you much joy. Happy spring!

  12. NCYarden 04/13/2017

    Someone's thumb is super green. You have obviously learned volumes, and I'm sure you're now passing along those lessons. The garden is amazing, and I love the woodland setting. Again, I have hosta envy, and convinced there must be no voles up north. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy all the plants and knowledge that comes with them.

  13. sheila_schultz 04/13/2017

    You have learned your lessons well over the years! Your woodland gardens are lovely and the perfect compliment to those gorgeous winding paths. It's all so inviting.

  14. margotnavarre 04/13/2017

    The first picture of the double bloodroot. Very nice flow of plants in your beautiful woodland garden.

    1. LaurelEm 04/17/2017

      Ahhh That's what that is.

  15. Cenepk10 04/14/2017

    Wow... evocative .... makes me feel like I'm in a dreamy place. Lovely !

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